Renault driver Kevin Magnussen reckons he could have scored his first points of the year for Renault had he not been forced to start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pit lane.
Magnussen failed to stop at the weighbridge during Friday's second practice session, having believed that the signal was solely for Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat, rather than for both drivers.
Magnussen was penalised with a pit lane start but despite his disadvantage, he recovered to finish in 11th position, as Renault once more narrowly missed out on points.
"Starting from the pit lane meant that it was always going to be a strategic race but I still had some fun fights out on track and we extracted all we had in the car today," he said.
"We were so close to scoring points; it’s frustrating to think what could have been had we not incurred a penalty.
"In any case, the team did a good job this weekend, we’re working very well altogether and the car’s performance was encouraging.
"There are signs of good things to come for the team, including fantastic support from Renault; we have reason to smile. As long as we work really hard now, we will reap the benefits later."